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Springsteen, Joel sign on for Obama benefit

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform at Veterans Park in celebration of the 105th anniversary of Harley-Davidson motorcycles in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 30, 2008. REUTERS/Allen Fredrickson

NEW YORK (Billboard) - In what is being billed as the first time they’ve ever played at the same concert, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel have signed on for a benefit for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama on October 16 at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

Other performers have yet to be announced. Tickets range from $500 to $10,000.

Springsteen, who endorsed Obama this spring, recently finished a tour with the E Street Band in support of his 2007 album, “Magic.” On Sunday, it was confirmed that the group will play during the Super Bowl halftime show February 1 in Tampa, Florida.

Joel, meanwhile, begins a monthlong tour of China, Australia, Japan and New Zealand on November 12.

Reuters/Billboard

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